European Under-21 Championships 2017
This entry was posted on Friday, June 16th, 2017
Cauley Woodrow anyone?
So to Poland for another European tournament that UEFA have needlessly dicked around with – three groups now instead of two, with only the winners guaranteed semi-final spots, alongside the best runner-up.
Bona fide global stars Gianluigi Donnarumma, Saul Niguez and Renato Sanches will be there, but of course, this tournament isn’t quite good enough for Marcus Rashford. Enough said about England’s chances, and we expect them to struggle against the holders Sweden in Group A, despite Aidy Boothroyd’s tactical prowess. Given the weakness of the rest of that group however, they may just squeeze into the last four.
Germany go off as favourites following a 100% record in qualifying, and the fact that they are managed by 3 Lions favourite Stefan Kuntz is enough on its own to put us off quite frankly. In addition, some of the best German youngsters such as Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka have instead been called up for the Confederations Cup (a problem that also rules out Portugal in our opinion), and given their tough group, a price of 3.7 is too short. In fact, we fancy Italy to emerge from Group C ahead of them, with six players who recently featured in Italy’s senior squad, dropping down to help their Under 21 compatriots.
The Spanish have won two of the past three editions and we fancy them to make it three from four. They are available on the Betfair exchange at 4.4, and that is a price we are only too happy to take.